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Old 10-19-2015, 01:13 PM   #131
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We've bought a number of appliances (different brands) from Sears because they offer the best price. I've had one service call and it was handled properly.
One of the reasons I like to purchase from Sears is that they have a large parts store right up in Saugus. If Sears doesn't fix it, then Spike does it for me. Even if it is the property of the landlord. Less hassle to let him do it. They also carry parts from GE and Hotpoint. There is no brand name on the appliances here unless you really hunt for them. Maintenance orders drip pans for the stove by the carton. But right now they are out of the big burner ones. So I told management. They were supposed to tell maintenance. I got tired of waiting. So I had Spike buy them for me and gave the bill to the office. They paid me and jumped all over maintenance for not having them on hand.
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:31 PM   #132
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One of the reasons I like to purchase from Sears is that they have a large parts store right up in Saugus.
Having a Sears parts store close by is very convenient. We also have a Sears parts store close by. I've made countless repairs on our Kenmore washers and dryers over the years.
I save money on parts by ordering on-line, on Amazon or Ebay on most commonly replaced parts. Most all Kenmore appliances are made by Whirlpool. Also, lots of generic parts available to fit these apps as well.....
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:42 PM   #133
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Having a Sears parts store close by is very convenient. We also have a Sears parts store close by. I've made countless repairs on our Kenmore washers and dryers over the years.
I save money on parts by ordering on-line, on Amazon or Ebay on most commonly replaced parts. Most all Kenmore appliances are made by Whirlpool. Also, lots of generic parts available to fit these apps as well.....
Sears here also has a repair service for all makes of appliances. So the parts store I believe carries parts for many different brands. All I have ever bought over the years are Kenmore products. Had my washer for more than 20 years before it needed a repair. And that was for a large washer under the agitator.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:20 AM   #134
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Many of the major national retailers have their own model numbers for an item. The appliance may have a minor difference such as no butter compartment or different shelves and the model number will differ by one digit. This allows them to negotiate a lower price from the manufacturer and makes them safe from "price matching" claims. I know Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe's do this. I think Sears does as well.
Not always "minor differences", Andy. My BIL is an electrical engineer and works for a large corporation that, among other things, sets up huge generating systems for businesses. They also make good-sized home generators. When Home Depot tried negotiating with said company to manufacture home generators to Home Depot specs, the company refused to do that. Why? Because Home Depot's differences were to cheapen down the product so much so they could pad their profit margin. HD then planned on selling for the same MSRP. The generator company company refused, stating that if their name was on the product they would not compromise their own reputation by reducing the quality of the generator. Because of my BIL's experience, we rarely shop at Home Depot.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:27 AM   #135
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I prefer gas over Electric I think gas cook a whole lot better

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Old 10-20-2015, 12:24 PM   #136
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I'm sorry you took offense RB. Doesn't an electric stove have different size burners that all work independent of one another?
No offense. Sure, electric stoves/ranges have differing size burners with separate temp control for each burner.
My question was about gas ranges and "simmering" burners and why is there any issue using each burner independently at any temp you want?
That was what I heard from the discussion. That gas stove tops act different than electric and thats why I questioned it.
Whats the difference between a gas stove top and electric other than the obvious that gas uses gas and electric uses electricity?
I thought them to be identical except for the fuel delivery?

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Not always "minor differences", Andy. My BIL is an electrical engineer and works for a large corporation that, among other things, sets up huge generating systems for businesses. They also make good-sized home generators. When Home Depot tried negotiating with said company to manufacture home generators to Home Depot specs, the company refused to do that. Why? Because Home Depot's differences were to cheapen down the product so much so they could pad their profit margin. HD then planned on selling for the same MSRP. The generator company company refused, stating that if their name was on the product they would not compromise their own reputation by reducing the quality of the generator. Because of my BIL's experience, we rarely shop at Home Depot.
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I prefer gas over Electric I think gas cook a whole lot better
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:43 PM   #137
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If the flames weaken as you turn on more burners on the cooktop you may have an issue with the in-line pressure regulator under the stove.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:43 PM   #138
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You can center a 10" diameter pot on the back simmer burner Kgirl.
However, all of the burners will go down to a very low simmer.
Because of that, I seldom use the little back burner that's only intended for an even lower temp.
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Can you explain? How does adjusting a single burner effect the other burners?
I have never owned a gas range. So please excuse my lack of knowledge concerning their use.
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No offense. Sure, electric stoves/ranges have differing size burners with separate temp control for each burner.
My question was about gas ranges and "simmering" burners and why is there any issue using each burner independently at any temp you want?
That was what I heard from the discussion. That gas stove tops act different than electric and thats why I questioned it.
Whats the difference between a gas stove top and electric other than the obvious that gas uses gas and electric uses electricity?
I thought them to be identical except for the fuel delivery?
There is no issue with using each burner independently. Kayelle was saying that because all four of her burners can be set to a low simmer, she doesn't necessarily use the one designated as a simmer burner.

My gas stove has a simmer burner that holds a very low flame - lower than the others. One problem with older gas stoves is that the flame could go out at a very low flame or in a breeze. Newer ones automatically re-light it.

The primary advantage of gas over electric is that when you adjust the burner, the temperature changes much more quickly, so you have better control.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:48 PM   #139
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Not always "minor differences", Andy. My BIL is an electrical engineer and works for a large corporation that, among other things, sets up huge generating systems for businesses. They also make good-sized home generators. When Home Depot tried negotiating with said company to manufacture home generators to Home Depot specs, the company refused to do that. Why? Because Home Depot's differences were to cheapen down the product so much so they could pad their profit margin. HD then planned on selling for the same MSRP. The generator company company refused, stating that if their name was on the product they would not compromise their own reputation by reducing the quality of the generator. Because of my BIL's experience, we rarely shop at Home Depot.
That was what I was eluding to CG, in the past I had been told something similar at Sears. The Kenmore brand is actually different other top nation wide brands that have been "cheapened" I suppose is the word.
I'm leery of buying a big ticket item at those discount stores.
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:19 PM   #140
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You know, it all depends. I've owned several of both Kenmore and Whirlpool appliances and they both come in different levels of trim and features. Kenmore and Whirlpool parts are interchangeable. Build quality is virtually identical. If you buy the top of the line Kenmore it's every bit as good as the top of the line Whirlpool.
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